On this day: May 21

POSTED: 08:42 PM PDT May 20, 2013    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT May 20, 2016 

The American Red Cross is established, Charles Lindbergh and Amelia Earhart complete their historic trans-Atlantic flights, Bogey and Bacall get hitched, and Susan Lucci finally strikes Emmy gold, all on this day.

OTD May 21 - SS Robin Moor
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1941: Before the United States had entered World War II, the U.S. steamship SS Robin Moor is sunk by German submarine U-69 750 miles west of the British-controlled port of Freetown, Sierra Leone. The Germans allowed the ship's crew and passengers to disembark into lifeboats before sinking the ship.


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